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Books, Journals, New Media
December 10, 2003

Lyme Disease

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(22):3005-3006. doi:10.1001/jama.290.22.3005-a

Jonathan Edlow has written a very readable account of the "unraveling" of some of the mysteries of Lyme disease. As he makes clear, the story is not yet complete, and there is much to be learned. Bull's Eye is not a book for those looking for detailed basic science, molecular biology, or a comprehensive treatise on diagnosis and treatment. Rather, it is a carefully prepared and presented time line of current understanding of some aspects of the human biology of infection with Borrelia burgdorferi (and other related organisms). It is also an exploration of the complex interrelationships among science, politics, patients, drug companies, and lawyers. The book will certainly appeal to those living in Lyme-endemic areas and will be appreciated by all who enjoy a good story about real individuals and the disease that has affected them personally and professionally. According to the notes, a great deal of the research for Bull's Eye is based on personal interviews with the principals involved over nearly 15 years. As such, it is an authoritative report, in near real time, of the events described.

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